So today’s the day when the fate of Opel was to be decided – according to plan. The committee met today – and decided to decide nothing. They couldn’t come to a conclusion. They handed the decision to Minister Brüderle. Brüderle’s decision: Nein. No government money to Opel, reports Focus. There still is a glimmer of hope for Opel …
Tomorrow, Thursday, Chancellor Angela Merkel will have a sit-down with the premiers of the Opel states. They will discuss alternatives.
As far as Opel and GM are concerned, there aren’t many alternatives. It’s either government money or not. Opel states and unions think that without government money, three out of four Opel plants in Germany will have to be closed. It could shutter all of Opel.
Even with a loan guarantee, Opel wouldn’t get the money, says the Financial Times Deutschland. The government usually guarantees for 90 percent, the remaining 10 percent of the risk are with the banks. No bank wants to carry that risk. Banks ask GM to cover the risk in cash.
A possible work-around would be the European Investment Bank (EIB). However, an EIB loan would also necessitate government guarantees. Opel would have to front the money first. The loan would also be limited to development projects such as electric cars. It would most likely attract the interest of Brussels. Maybe that’s what Berlin wants to get rid of the hot potato.